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Postsecular Catholicism: Relevance and Renewal

Michele Dillon


Amid increased secularization, there is new appreciation for the relevance of moderate religion, such as Catholicism, in redirecting the ethical commitments of contemporary society. The postsecular affirmation of the mutual significance of religious and secular resources provides the Church with a renewed opportunity for engagement with public societal issues and for institutional revitalization among Catholics. It requires, however, a dialogue between doctrinal ideas and the increasingly secularized experiences and expectations of Catholics, as well as others. This book examines how the Churc ... More

Keywords: postsecular, religion, secular, Catholicism, interpretive autonomy, Pope Francis, sexual morality, societal problem, public discourse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190693008
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190693008.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michele Dillon, author
Professor of Sociology, University of New Hampshire